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The "Color of Peace" event, April 20, 2018

The Color of PeaceThe International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) organization and ACS Athens aim to celebrate the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change. In collaboration with the "" platform and under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, ACS Athens will host a memorable event on Friday, April 20 2018, dedicated to promoting peace through sport while honoring those who have lost their home because of war.

On April 20, 2018, ACS Athens will host a soccer match between unattended refugee minors involved with the "Youth 2 Youth" program and ACS Athens students. Together these children comprise over 65 different nationalities. Prior to the day of the event, educational activities and instruction addressing the significance of peace and its’ promotion through sport (ie. the meaning of Olympic truce) will take place throughout all the grades (K-12).

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the celebration is the "Stress Ball Races" to be organized by Elementary, Middle School and Academy respectively. These culminating events will involve students, parents and faculty who can obtain one or more stress balls in the color of their House (small donation requested) with all proceeds going to the "Youth to Youth Program". Each stress ball will be numbered and that number will be associated with the sponsor who donated the money (2€/stress ball). The Principal of each school will grab the first 5 stress balls at the bottom of the slide and those winners will receive 100 points for their House. Flyers with information about these separate races will be posted soon by each school.

ACS aims to promote collaboration between cultures and student athletes as well as to educate all of its stakeholders about the idea of sport promoting healthy competition and unity across the globe. The event is addressed to the greater ACS Athens community. Therefore, the final celebration prior to the soccer match will include a series of music acts as well as motivational speeches by celebrities. At the end of the day the entire student body will raise white cards to transmit the powerful message of peace.

The main event will take place from 2:15pm until 3:00pm on Friday, April 20.

More information about the detailed schedule of the event will be announced soon.

HOUSES Stress Balls Races:
  • Middle School: Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00pm
  • Elementary School: Thursday, April 19 at 2:30pm
  • Academy: Friday, April 20 at 10:05am

"White Card" takes its name from "Carton Blanc", a highly-acclaimed travelling photo exhibition by Maud Bernos which highlights the faces of those who are at the very heart of Peace and Sport action and who are its tireless driving force: children.
The photographer named her exhibition "Carton Blanc" in reference to the red card, which signifies the most serious offense that a sports player can commit. Here, the colour white, which symbolizes purity and peace, is therefore used to represent positivity and constructiveness in sport.


17th Annual Truman Trial

17th Annual Truman Trial
The Truman Trial

The American Studies "Combo" classes are ready for the annual "Truman Trial", the culmination of their study of World War II and the introduction to our investigation of the Cold War.
During the past month, students have researched and prepared their roles as historical figures, news reporters, or attorneys for the mock trial of U.S. President Harry Truman for "crimes against humanity." This year will also feature students playing the role of the media who have utilized the Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio to produce historical/propaganda news reels to reveal the historical perspectives of the United States and the USSR. The entire trial is completely student generated and each year the simulation changes with new characters, student leaders, and a change of the trial year-- this year's trial is set in April of 1959 and students may only use evidence that was known prior to that date.

The "Truman Trial" will take place in the ACS Athens theater on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19, 2018. The trial will also be live-streamed.

Truman Trial 2018 goes i2Flex! Follow this year's trial and witnesses online and leave comments for the lawyers and witnesses:

  • Team Prosecution Website - Access witness profiles, testimonies, and case outlines for team prosecution here. (This page will live on April 18)
  • Team Defense Website - Access witness profiles, testimonies, and case outlines for team defense here. (This page will be live on April 19)

Team Prosecution: American Studies Combo 1 & 4 - Mr. Nelson and Mr. Lianos
Team Defense: American Studies Combo 6 & 8 - Mr. Nelson and Mr. Lianos
Team Reporters / Newsreels: American Studies Combo 5&7 - Mrs. Coklas and Ms. Ktorides

   For the record, the verdicts so far (2002-2017) are: 9 Guilty and 7 Not Guilty...

The "Truman Trial" will be broadcast live, with the schedule as follows:

Wednesday, April 18

Truman Intro - Context of WWII
Opening Statements: Prosecution, Defense (8 Mins Each)
Prosecution Case WWII (with breaks built in)
Lunch (tentative lunch depending on witnesses)
Prosecution Case Post WWII & Cold War (with break built in)
Start of Defense Case

Thursday, April 19

Set-up, Dress, and Prepare for Day II
Defense Case Continued
Final Witness/ Closing Arguments / Statements (6 mins from each side)
1:15- 2:00
Combo Students Lunch in cafeteria- May not enter the main buildings
Deliberation of the Jury / Voting / Lunch
Trial Verdict Announced in the Theater
All 10th Grade Students Report to Theater
Group Photographs and Clean-up

Day 1 & 2 Live Broadcasts

or click here.



Photo Gallery and Videos

Coming soon!

IAAAC Magazine Spring 2018 - Share your ideas and knowledge across the world

It is a fact that there are more than 8,000 international schools all over the world servicing millions of students; it is also a fact that in those schools there are thousands of profession­als - physical education teachers, coaches, sport administrators and sport experts - who collectively possess tremendous knowledge in their fields. In today's fast paced, ever changing world, networking provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. Previ­ously unheard of opportunities to dialog and share knowledge and best practices are now both vital to staying relevant.

In the International school setting, professionals are faced with the unique challenges that accompany cultural diversity, but with challenges come opportunities. Programs that meet these challenges with creativity and innovation are the most likely to experience success.

The "Sport for International Schools" publication is an effort to bring together Sport people working within the International schools setting (K-12), either directly or indirectly, creating a platform for dialog and idea exchange. We hope that through this publication, we can share the ideas, programs, best practices, knowledge and the creativity happening every day in our schools. I believe this will be a great journey- so join us as we embark on what we hope will be an interesting and exciting adventure!
Annie Constantinides
Chief Editor

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You can also view the full version of the issue.


IB 2 Art class Visual Arts Exhibition Opening - Photo gallery

On March 20th, 2018 we had the opening reception of the IB Visual Arts Exhibition. We need to congratulate our senior students Alexandra Demetriades, Panagiota Grivea, Georgios Mamidakis Venetopoulos, Aliki Papoutsi, Athanasia Sbarouni and Myrto Stathaki as well as their IB Visual Arts instructor Sophia Soseilos on a magnificent exhibition.



ACS Athens Elementary School Celebration of Greek Independence Day

Celebration of Independence Day

ACS Athens: Sustaining Excellence in Improving Learning

An article published in Kathimerini newspaper about International Education in Greece, by Dr. Stefanos Gialamas and Mary-Ann Augoustatos.

Read below!